How High

on December 21, 2001 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   Being the only hope for each of their families to make it to college, Silas and Jamal (rappers Method Man and Redman, respectively) are persuaded by their mothers to take the SATs. With a joint interest in how to take the edge off before a test, the two strangers become instant buddies. By using some of Silas' special blend for their blunt, spirits are conjured and the guys ace the exam. Deemed geniuses, they decide to go to Harvard, which provides a collegiate setting for their smoking and skirt-chasing. Things are going great until their secret stash is depleted. Now the guys have to fall back on what little learning foundation they have to thwart the Dean (Obba Babtundé) and his secret plan to rid the school of riffraff.

   This herbal comedy might have teenagers laughing in the aisles but, in a puff of smoke, the film becomes a free-for-all race to the bloopers at the end. Extra characters are unnecessarily introduced and subplots are forgotten as the chemically-induced farce scrapes the bowl for cheap laughs from sight gags and sporadic jokes. Starring Method Man, Redman, Lark Voorhies, Essence Atkins and Obba Babatundé. Directed by Jesse Dylan. Written by Dustin Lee Abraham and Brad Kaays. Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Shauna Garr and James Ellis. A Universal release. Comedy. Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, and for sexual dialogue. Running time: 94 min

Tags: Starring Method Man, Redman, Lark Voorhies, Essence Atkins and Obba Babatund. Directed by Jesse Dylan. Written by Dustin Lee Abraham and Brad Kaays. Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Shauna Garr, James Ellis, Universal, Comedy
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